September 30, 2003


Recall, Schwarzenegger ahead in new LA Times poll (ERICA WERNER, September 30, 2003, Associated Press)

Voters favored recalling Gov. Gray Davis by a large margin in a Los Angeles Times poll released Tuesday and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger was ahead of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a Democrat.

It was the second recent statewide survey to show Davis badly behind and Schwarzenegger in the lead. There is a week to go until the Oct. 7 election.

Likely voters interviewed by the Times supported the recall by a 56 percent to 42 percent margin. That was a dramatic shift from the last Times poll, released Sept. 12, that showed support for the recall apparently stalling, with 50 percent of voters supporting it and 47 percent in opposition.

Schwarzenegger had support from 40 percent of likely voters in Tuesday's poll, Bustamante had 32 percent and Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock had 15 percent.

In the Sept. 12 survey Schwarzenegger was slightly behind Bustamante -- Bustamante had 30 percent, Schwarzenegger had 25 percent and McClintock had 18 percent.

Uglier and uglier...

"They are against food" (California Insider: A Weblog by Sacramento Bee Columnist Daniel Weintraub, September 30, 2003)

Cruz has played the race card -- in an interview in Spanish on the Univision Television Network. The network has translated the interview and sent a transcript to reporters covering the campaign:

"No one is asking me how much money I get from the Latino community, or from African-Americans, or from people in the Jewish community, or any other group," said Bustamante. "No one else, just the indigenous tribal governments. Why is that?" When asked if he saw this as racial discrimination, Bustamante responded: "Well, that's how it is, I think, sometimes. And I believe we need leaders who can unite, not divide, people."

The lieutenant governor had strong words for his Republican opponents in the recall race. "People who are on the ballot - people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom McClintock - want Proposition 187 once again. They don't want driver's licenses for immigrants. They are against food. They are against access to colleges and access to schools. They are against the opportunity to organize labor unions. They are against so many of the values we have in our community. I think it's important to see who the enemy is... It's the Republican legislators, candidates, and officials who say that they don't want to solve our community's problems. That they don't want children to go to school. That they don't want driver's licenses. All of those are Republicans, they're not Democrats."

We get the secret-coded VRWC newsletter and, as God is my witness, I've never seen anything in there about opposing food.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 30, 2003 11:53 PM

I get it a week early. It's in the 9/29 issue. It's not really opposing food, just letting poor people eat.

Posted by: RDB at October 1, 2003 12:52 AM

We are the fat cats, after all. We need all the food ourselves.

I have to congratulate Chris Matthews who, alone of the commentators I heard, understood how big Arnold had won the debate.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 1, 2003 7:48 AM

I'm against turnips.

Posted by: Casey Abell at October 1, 2003 7:57 AM

Wasn't it a conservative who said "Let them eat cake"?

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 1, 2003 8:52 AM

And Swift, a conservative, came up with that great recipe for Irish stew....

Posted by: oj at October 1, 2003 8:56 AM

And to think, Bush 41, squishy moderate that he was, was only against broccoli.

Posted by: Random Lawyer at October 1, 2003 10:31 AM


Though pork rinds with hot sauce is a crime against the very concept of food.

Posted by: oj at October 1, 2003 10:34 AM